Don’t Look to Trump to Overhaul the Bureaucracy

Federal employees who are worried about the future should stop watching President Trump and look up Pennsylvania Avenue, where the real tsunami of civil service reform will likely originate. Trump can order as many hiring and pay freezes as he wishes, but only Congress can change the laws governing ... Read & React

OMB Nominee Needs to Understand Creating a 'High-Performing' Workforce Won't Be Easy

Rep. Mick Mulvaney testifies at his nomination hearing to lead the Office of Management and Budget.
by Howard Risher Workforce Management Consultant

In his nomination hearing to lead the Office of Management and Budget, Rep. Mick Mulvaney said he wants a “high-morale, high-performance” federal workforce, and that he plans to look for ways to better reward top employees and hold poor performers accountable. He will not have to look far. The ... Read & React

Advice for Those Weighing Jobs in the Trump Administration

Some 40 people were indicted as a result of the Watergate scandal. Among those sentenced to prison: the attorney general of the United States, the White House counsel, and President Nixon’s two most senior White House aides. A dozen men were convicted or pled guilty to a range of charges after the ... Read & React

Exploiting Public Office for Private Gain

The manager of Trump Towers in Istanbul, above, had condemned Trump’s calls to ban Muslims from entering the United States. Turkey was not included in the ban Trump issued Friday.
by Steven L. Schooner and Kathleen Clark

At no time in the modern era has the nation’s chief executive appeared not only willing, but eager to exploit the nation’s highest office for the benefit of his personal, family, and business wealth. Conflicts of interest—the divided loyalties associated with serving two masters—might seem vague to ... Read & React

How Reporters Misread Trump’s First Week in Office

President Donald Trump, with his Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, sits at his desk on Air Force One on Thursday.
by Donald F. Kettl Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy

Let’s look back at President Donald J. Trump’s amazing first-week flurry of executive orders: Not since the media coalesced around the “Trump can never win” meme have so many reporters gotten so much wrong. Much of the coverage has been apocalyptic, but most of the orders have been more pop than ... Read & React

10 Tips for Federal Employees on the Personal Use Of Social Media

by Dannielle Blumenthal Federal communicator and co-founder, All Things Brand

On Monday, the Federal Communicators Network Professional Standards Working Group released social media tips for federal employees. I am part of the steering committee and a volunteer in this effort to promote the development of governmentwide standards for professional conduct and quality ... Read & React

The Border Wall Is a Negotiating Tactic Straight Out of 'The Art of the Deal'

On Jan. 25, representatives of Mexico’s government arrived in Washington to meet with White House officials. The purpose: preliminary discussions ahead of talks between Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto and new US president Donald Trump, who are scheduled to meet on Jan. 31 to discuss NAFTA, ... Read & React

The Ten Behaviors of Strong Personal Leadership

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Since writing the first edition of The Next Level in 2006, I’ve coached, spoken with, and observed thousands of leaders in action. Many of them have been good leaders. Some have been great leaders. The great ones have one big thing in common. They don’t just lead at their best; they live at their ... Read & React

Don’t Set Goals For Yourself — Instead, Create Systems That Make It Easy For You to Succeed

by Khe Hy

A lot of my friends are spending the month of January “going dry” or giving up sugar or training for marathons. I can relate. As a Type-A, goal-oriented masochist, I tend to make deeply ambitious New Year’s resolutions each year. Witness Exhibit A: My resolutions from 2016. I’m embarrassed to say ... Read & React

The Top 10 Reasons People Are Denied a Security Clearance

In 2016, the Defense Office of Hearing and Appeals held 1,142 security clearance appeals hearings. They made decisions on security clearance eligibility, placement into public trust positions and Common Access Card denials. If you are denied a security clearance or your security clearance is ... Read & React

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